KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After Hawaii News Now aired an exclusive report on the burial backlog at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, the legislature is now funding three new positions.
The story was brought to light by Joe Lewis of Kapolei who was waiting a month and a half to bury to his grandmother.
As part of budget discussions, lawmakers made the appropriation to the Department of Accounting and General Services for $163,425 for three positions, and supplies to Central Services for maintenance and servicing of state cemeteries. Two positions will be for the interment team, and the other will be for the front office, which handles scheduling.
"After having visited the cemetery and learning about the challenges they faced to serve our veterans and their families, I brought it to my colleague's attention and we fought hard to get them the resources they needed," said Rep. Matt LoPresti.
"It's comforting to know our traumatic experience resulted in a positive outcome for veterans families and the State Veterans Cemetery," Lewis said.
The entire budget needs to be approved by the Governor.